Drag racing is practically a rite of passage for a petrol-head. For decades we have settled performance disputes one quarter-mile at a time. As part of that journey and competition, there are always debates on horsepower versus weight, traction versus torque and so on. Well in its latest episode of Drag Battle, EVO takes a look at the hard truth behind the effectiveness of AWD traction off the line versus raw horsepower with a race between the new Subaru WRX STI and the Jaguar F-Type V6 S.
The Subaru WRX STI rolls to the line with 305 horsepower coming from its turbocharged, 2.5-liter, flat-four, Boxer engine, and it has Subaru’s most advanced AWD system sending that power to all four corners. The Jaguar F-Type V6 S has almost 80 more horsepower being produced by its supercharged V-6 engine, but as anyone who has ever owned a high horsepower RWD car will tell, getting that power down can be tricky.
I’m not going to spoil the outcome, but make sure you stay to watch the entire video. They break down what is happening and who is winning at the 30-mph, 60-mph, 100-mph, quarter-mile and one-kilometer marks. If you are a fan of stats and numbers, this video will make you very happy.
One thing is for certain from the moment you hit play, the Jaguar certainly wins in the war of exhaust note. Man that thing growls.
Back in 2003 the English automaker Jaguar unveiled the R-D6 concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. At the time, the concept car served as an indication of Jaguar’s new design direction. Almost a decade later, the shape of the R-D6 concept will finally find its way into production as the basis for a new sport hatch from Jaguar and is expected to appear in 2014.
Currently known as the R-D7, the future sport inspired hatchback will feature a compact footprint and Jaguar’s lightweight aluminum body and chassis that will be shared with the next generation XK sport coupe and an entry level XE, an E-Type for the 21st century, which is already undergoing development as a Porsche Boxster fighting hopeful. The exterior of the new hatch will be inspired by the latest XJ luxury sedan, while under the hood the R-D7 will make the most of a range of V6 gas and diesel burning power plants as well as an extremely efficient four cylinder diesel for the European market. Either way, the new Jaguar will be set impress as far as styling and performance are concerned because after all it is going to be a Jaguar.